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HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS

(CFDA No. 84.128)

I.  PROGRAM PROFILE

Legislation; Title II of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. (29
U.S.C.TWl). (Expires September 30, 1986)

Funding Since 1980:

Year         Authorization        Appropriation

1980                indefinite        $  2,500,000

1981                indefinite                                3,200,000

1982             $  3,500,000                                3,137,000

1983                 3,500,000                                3,500,000

1984                 4,000,000                                4,000,000

Purpose: To provide comprehensive services for the most severely disabled
and disadvantaged deaf-blind youths and adults, train personnel to work
with deaf-blind persons, and conduct relevant research.

History and Award Process; The Helen Keller National Center was created
by Congress in 1969;specific funding has been authorized by Congress
since 1973 on a non-competitive basis. The Center has one primary facility
at Sands Point, New York. Deaf-blind individuals are referred from
all 50 States through the Center's network of nine regional offices.

II.    RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(a)

A.    Goals and Objectives

During FY 1984 the Department's principal objectives for this program
were:

o    To   improve   rehabilitation   services   to   deaf-blind   individuals,   and

o    To foster  research  and development  activities that improve the social
and economic aspects of life for deaf-blind persons.

B.  Progress and Accomplishments

During FY 1984, the Center cut the average amount of time necessary for
a deaf-blind client to remain in a training program from 18 to 11
months. The National Training Team and the Affiliation Network System
were developed to strengthen services to deaf-blind persons at the
local level.States.